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So…    as I grew up in a very small town, in a rural community, I am by geography a farmer.  Now, living in the big city, I still try to dig in the dirt as much as possible.  I have a small garden on my patio, that I prune, plant and water.  I have the most gorgeous rose growing in a pot.  Its the kind of rose that gives these rouge colored flowers.  I live to see this thing blooming.  It starts to give blooms around May of every year and keeps producing well  into October.  She is a fellow spirit of mine and she gives me so much joy.

This summer was a hot one and during the middle of July, my gorgeous rose started to die!  I had to prune away more than half of her arms.  I cut them way back, almost too far…  I was thinking to myself that I might lose my gorgeous friend.  I continued to water and care for her, just as I would if she were healthy.  This morning as I went outside to check the plants, to my surprise, she was back in full swing.  The arms that I had so aggressively cut back were almost completely regrown!  They were also full of new blooms.  You can imagine my delight…

The rose made me think of how we all go through periods of rebirth in life.  I have had quite a few.  I’ve seen people I love go through some tough ones as well.  It seems very dark during that “pruning” process.  Letting go of the parts of ourselves that die off is a natural process.  You know what?  It frees up our energy to birth something totally new.  That is the beautiful miracle of rebirth.

What kind of rebirth do you experience in your own life?

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Yesterday, I spent the entire afternoon at one of my favorite places in the world…  the BEACH!  It was just a beautiful day.  There was a slight breeze, the water was warm and crystal clear, the sky was blue, the waves were gentle…  You can visualize the day, right?  It was heaven on earth.

When I spend time at the beach, I always observe the beauty that is evident all around me.  Yesterday, I became engrossed with picking up beach rocks, not shells, the rocks!  What a day it was for my search.  I found so much variety.  There were all shapes, sizes, colors, textures, you name it.  Each one was more beautiful than the next.  While some were pure in color, they had beautiful shapes.  Others were expertly colored and textured.  The sizes ranged from tiny to enormous… can you see where I’m going with this?

As I walked along picking them up for my collection, I was struck by how much these rocks reminded me of people.  Each one was so unique and a complete masterpiece, just the way people are.  Mother Nature has the most diverse palette and she paints each of us expertly.  It’s our job to recognize uniqueness and beauty in each other. 

Try looking at your brothers and sisters of the world with a different lens.  Can you see the masterpiece in front of you?  Acknowledge them with wonder and love. ♥ 

I read this great quote the other day about influence, “the key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority”, by Kenneth Blanchard.  It is a thought provoking quote.  I’m assuming the author is speaking of business relationships, but what about your personal circle of influence?

My wheels are turning at this thought…  Webster’s defines the verb form of influence as:  the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.  What I like about this definition is the use of the word intangible.  It’s not something we can touch, but it effects us just the same.  So many things influence us in our daily lives.  Imagine writing down every possible way we are influenced throughout our day.  I think you would need a lot of paper!

There are both good and bad influences.  Most importantly, people are influencers.  The people you surround yourself with can change you and it’s not always positive or apparent immediately.  It can be cumulatively destructive.

I like to surround myself with people who are better than me, not in the material sense, but the spiritual sense.  They carry good energy.  I can learn from them and they influence me, just by being themselves in the world.  I have grown so much in my life by having them around and I am grateful for their gift of friendship and love.

Think about your circle of influence.  How do you influence others?  How are you influenced?  Make your circle a beautiful ball of light that is both lifting and lifted in your world. ♥

Yesterday I came home from the beach with a moth in my bag!  I was pulling out the towels to be washed and she flew up over my head and landed directly above me on the ceiling.  She was gorgeous!  A lovely mix of taupe and grey.  She must have been ready for a change in scenery to travel all that way with me in my bag.  Or, maybe she was looking for a new light?

Moths are nocturnal, they follow the light of the moon.  When they lose sight of the moon, they use their inner knowledge and feeling to navigate the dark.  How amazing that is… to trust in your inner wisdom and intuition to guide you in darkness.

We spend a lot of time using our physical senses to navigate our lives.  For me, it’s mostly looking.  I’m always looking for something.  I want to be able to see it coming or recognize it on the horizon.  What would it be like to trust our intuition and let those internal feelings guide us?  It would be a lot like living in the wisdom of the beautiful little moth that followed me home to deliver a message about trusting and letting life come to you…♥

This is a difficult one to write, so it must mean I should keep going.  They always say, if you are afraid to do something, that means you MUST do it.  Here goes…    Can anyone really be OK with alone?  

There are times in life when you are just alone in it.  It’s quiet, not the quiet I wrote about yesterday, but seriously quiet.  It can be when you first move away from home, when your kids move out of the house, when you divorce, when your spouse or pet dies.  There are any number of reasons for this to occur, but you feel it.  There is no one at the door or in the kitchen when you arrive at the end of the day.  You see it, right?

Alone usually comes with a big transition in life, as the examples I mentioned above.  When you find yourself in the middle of this alone, how do you fill up your time?  The obvious things come to mind, like friends, neighbors, classes, projects, travel, etc.  The more you schedule, the less time you have to realize that you are alone!  Mostly, I think it’s about reaching out so that people know you are alone.  You may need additional phone time or drop by visits from your friends until you are through the transition.  What keeps you from feeling alone when you are not engaged in your schedule?  I started to write for this very reason and I have been both surprised and delighted by the community of bloggers who are there to share the journey with me.

Even more than that, I’ve had to learn that alone is OK.  This is a huge statement.  We spend so much of our lives trying to find that perfect partner or situation, so we will be guaranteed there is no alone.  One way or another, life will hand you alone time.  The relationship you have with yourself is what’s most important.  Learning to be your own friend and feeling loved and cared for by YOU, is one of the best skills you can have in life.  What does alone feel like for you?  How can you develop that relationship with yourself?  ♥

Tonight I went to dinner and a movie with a friend.  We miscalculated the time of the movie and were running late.  When we opened the door to the theater, it was mostly full and the movie was in session.  This is a disaster for me, as it takes my eyes a while to adjust.  It was also a 3D movie, so I’m trying to quietly unwrap those damn glasses, shut my phone off and take off my coat before we went looking for a seat.  As my eyes began to adjust, I could see there were some seats available around the theater.  So, quietly we made our way to a cluster of empty seats in a row close to the back.

I’m apologizing to everyone and trying to make myself small, with all my gear, to squeeze past the  people already seated.  I just wanted to sit and be silent as quickly as possible.  That’s when the crazy happened…  The man sitting next to the empty seats told us those seats were “saved” for his friends.  Mind you, the movie has already started.  So, I begin to climb back over the people I just climbed over to find other seats.  I hear some words behind me and turn around to see my friend has scolded the man and the seats are now magically, “not saved”!  We sit, the movie continues, and those friends the seats were saved for never materialize…

My first thought about this is anger.  Some people are so greedy and selfish.  Now that I’m home I’m thinking, “we have to make room for our fellow brothers and sisters of the world”.  There is always “room” for one more.  One more at your table, in your car, at your church, your club, you name it.  We have to remember there is enough to go around if we open our hearts to make room for others.  ♥

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
We’ll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year…

This is hands down my favorite song during Christmas.  I remember so fondly watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special as a girl.  The scene with the little tree made me cry EVERY time!  To this day, I feel the need to adopt all the little trees that no one else chooses, but there is a lesson to be learned from the little tree.

In the show, the little tree is looking so bleak that the gang thinks Christmas will surely be a flop.  However, it comes to life when it is decorated by the group and showered with all their good wishes for the season.   It’s a symbol of the spirit and enthusiasm they have for the season…just as the fellowship and good tidings we share with each other are what makes a holiday special.  “Oh that we could always see such spirit through the year”.  Carry a little holiday spirit with you into the new year and count your blessings as the true gifts of the season! ♥

The word miracle is so powerful.  I always think of miracles when it comes to medicine, or divine intervention.  You know, the man is dying of cancer and by some divine presence, he becomes well and continues his life.  Everyone around is awed by this glorious miracle, they appreciate life a little more.  Did you know that miracles can happen to the ordinary man or woman?  Yes, I’m talking about you!  I know this seems foreign, I mean, who are you to deserve a miracle?  Aren’t miracles for those who are really in need?  I’m here to tell you that everyday miracles are all around you.  Not only do you witness them in your life, but they can happen to you.

What does your miracle look like?  In your quiet moments, visualize your miracle.  Give it some color and life, as if you were creating a beautiful painting.  Once you’ve finished, marvel at what you’ve created.  Give it a prominent position in your mind.  Make it easy to access.  Ok, here it comes, expect your miracle…  Yes, I said it, expect your miracle.  I want you to stand in it, as if you were standing in a beautiful ray of sunlight on a summer afternoon.  You deserve your miracle.  Create it in your mind, treasure it with your thought, and when you recognize it in your life, stand in your miracle.  It’s coming.  ♥

Today is 11, 11,11!  Wow, such a great set of numbers.  I’ve been surfing the net all day reading about the significance of this group of numbers and I’m kind of sorry that I didn’t play the lotto today…

Anyway, let’s just compare this to hitting the reset button on your computer.  Let go of all the negative baggage you have been carrying around for the last however many years and START OVER.  I mean, let’s just get right to it, we have a chance each day to begin again.  We can look at our lives, our selves, our loved ones and the world with fresh eyes.  We can savour and delight in the day and the wonders of our lives on the planet at this time.  We can feel the fresh energy and love flowing through our bodies creating light and space in every cell.  We can share this new-found life force with our loved ones and the world.  ♥

Happy 11.11.11!  Make this your best restart ever!

The Don’t Quit poem is one of my favorites.  In my family the saying was ” a quitter never wins, and a winner never quits”.  There are times in life where you can feel pretty defeated.  You probably ask yourself, how did I get here?  Then, you review all the little decisions or non-decisions from your past.  Now, you are really swimming in the defeat and you feel hopeless.

The challenge you face might seem insurmountable, but you must KEEP GOING.  As the poem states, “success is failure turned inside out”.  You never know what is around the corner.  It might be the best moment of your life!

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown



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